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COURTS   OF   PARIS,   NAPLES,   ETC.                155

mfiquement. But we were nearly frozen to death
before the thaw. I have fixed my table and
lodging expenses and wages as cheap as I could,
and when all is paid, have not more left than
ten or twelve francs for plays or coach-hire.

I have to-day sent in a petition for the Blue
Nuns to President Ban-as. I had asked to see
him, but the clouds of the moment render it im-

December 2$th, 1796.

A merry Christmas to you all, and a good
appetite for your goose-pies and mince-pies. I
am neither merry nor sad, but should be happier
in any clime or situation if I had you all round me.

You see by this I have survived our minister
four days at least, and I conclude I shall remain
quiet here. I say here, because It appears as if
I should not be suffered to move from hence for
some time.

I spare no pains, and by means of correspon-
dents, succeed much in gaining proper accounts
of prisons and prisoners. I hope to be of almost
(not quite) as much use as if I were on the spot.
I have already procured some lists, and sent
relief to several places.